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(TRENTON) — Ridgefield resident Marlene Caride on Tuesday took her oath of office to represent the 36th Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly.

Caride was sworn-in at the State House in Trenton. She is among six first-term Democrats to take their oaths Tuesday at the start of the 215th Legislature.

“I’m proud to represent the counties of Bergen and Passaic in the Assembly. I met many wonderful people on the campaign trail, and I’m excited to start working for the residents of this great state as one of the newest members of the legislature,” said Caride.

Caride currently serves as the municipal prosecutor for the Ridgefield Municipal Court, and the prosecutor for the West New York Alcohol Beverage Control Board. Caride has also served as legal counselor to the West New York Parking Authority and public defender for the Ridgefield Municipal Court. Caride has a long history of service in her community, and currently provides free legal advice to women on matters concerning domestic violence, divorce, spousal and child support at the Englewood Women’s Center.

“The Democrats in the Assembly have worked dutifully to propel the state forward. I’m eager to get to work in making New Jersey an even better place to live and do business,” said Caride.

The 36th District covers the City of Passaic, Carlstadt Borough, Cliffside Park Borough, Little Ferry Borough, Lyndhurst Township, Moonachie Borough, North Arlington Borough, Ridgefield Borough, Ridgefield Park Village, East Rutherford Borough, Rutherford Borough, South Hackensack Township, Teterboro Borough, Wallington Borough and Wood-Ridge Borough.